Reported by Contra Costa Times:
MARTINEZ, CA. — The Tesoro oil refinery has agreed to pay $472,000 in civil penalties for 35 alleged air pollution violations — some related to a 2010 emission release that triggered shelter in place warnings to neighbors.
The Bay Area Air Quality District reported Wednesday that it reached the settlement with the Tesoro’s Golden Eagle refinery east of Martinez to resolve a series of district violation notices between 2009 and 2011.
Two violation notices were for power failures in 2010 that shut down the refinery, resulting in flaring and smoke that triggered a public shelter in place warning from Contra Costa County’s community warning system.
Since then, Tesoro has improved its power delivery systems, the air pollution district reported.
“This settlement will ensure Tesoro takes responsibility for all systems within its refining process to ensure they do not jeopardize air quality and comply with district regulations,” Jack Broadbent, the district’s executive director, said in a written statement.
Other violations stemmed from a fire during tank maintenance, excessive boiler pollution, excessive hydrogen sulfide, two inaccurate pollution monitors and late emission reports, the air district reported.